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hospital

hos·pi·tal

hospital

 
 
pronunciation:
ha spih tl
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an institution for the medical care of sick persons.
synonyms:
infirmary
similar words:
clinic, hospice, institution, sanatorium, sanitarium, sick bay
definition 2: a place for the medical treatment of animals.
similar words:
clinic
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The words hospital and hospitality both come from a Latin word for "guest-house." During the Middle Ages in England, houses of shelter for the poor and needy were called "hospitals." "Hospital" did not mean "a place for sick people" until 1549.
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